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World Sport Star of the Year 2019

Voting has now closed for the BBC’s World Sport Star of the Year 2019 award with six contenders in the running.

The award will be given at the Sports Personality show on Sunday 15 December in Aberdeen.

You can find out more about this year's six nominees below.

To see the nominees for Greatest Sporting Moment of 2019, go here.

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Simone Biles

Age: 22 Sport: Gymnastics
Nationality: American

Five world championship gold medals raised her record-breaking medal tally to a total of 25 as Biles continued to redefine what was possible in gymnastics.

The jubilant American twisted, tumbled and somersaulted her way to a 19th world title triumph on the floor in Stuttgart.

Eliud Kipchoge

Age: 35 Sport: Athletics
Nationality: Kenyan

One of sport’s great barriers was broken in October, when Kipchoge became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours.

He completed the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds, six months after the Kenyan won the London Marathon for a fourth time.

Siya Kolisi

Age: 28 Sport: Rugby union
Nationality: South African

History was made in stunning style as Kolisi, the Springboks’ first black captain, skippered South Africa to a 32-12 victory over England in the Rugby World Cup final.

The flanker was praised for his leadership in Japan and helping to unify a nation despite a difficult social and political backdrop.

Megan Rapinoe

Age: 34 Sport: Football
Nationality: American

Six goals from Rapinoe helped the USA win the Women’s World Cup in France as she claimed the Golden Boot for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player in the tournament.

Named the leading women’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards, she also became known for her outstretched arms when celebrating goals and strident views on equality.

Steve Smith

Age: 30 Sport: Cricket
Nationality: Australian

The thorn in England’s side, Smith enjoyed a prolific series to help Australia retain the Ashes despite being ruled out of the third Test after suffering a concussion.

He scored a total of 774 runs, at an average of 110, and was awarded the Compton–Miller Medal for the best player in the series.

Tiger Woods

Age: 43 Sport: Golf
Nationality: American

Eleven years after his last major, injury-plagued Woods produced one of sport’s great comeback stories to win the Masters at Augusta.

The 43-year-old, written off by many golf fans and pundits as he battled serious injury problems, also equalled the PGA Tour record of 82 tournament wins with victory at the Zozo Championship in Japan.